How do you teach promote active listening? Before you can effectively teach procedures and academic skills, your students need to listen and attend to what you are saying. Do you have a “Listen Larry”?
- After going over the directions of an assignment, you can always count on “Listen Larry” to raise his hand or come to your desk because he has no idea what he is supposed to do.
- “Listen Larry” often turns in assignments that are missing important details, details that you emphasized in your directions.
- “Listen Larry” is usually the last one to line up at recess. Sometimes you even have to send a student to find him because he doesn’t hear the whistle that you use to tell your class to line up.
- At clean up time, “Listen Larry” will continue working in his center. Often a classmate has to tap him on the shoulder to tell him that it is time to stop.
Last year, I wrote a blog post with a listening activity to show what I did at the beginning of the year. Teachers emailed me asking for more of these listen and draw activities. I now have a series of Listen and Draw activities that you can use throughout the year. Plus a FREEBIE for you try.
I have a new type of Listen & Draw packet that has CVC words for the theme. This is a great way to work on reading skills and promote active listening at the same time.
You can differentiate the writing assignment of this activity. I recommend doing this as a teacher directed activity in the beginning. You may want to introduce this in a small group setting if your class has a wide range of abilities. You can give different groups different expectations for the writing assignment portion of the activity. There is an extra writing page included for your students who are ready to write a paragraph or story about the picture.
You can add technology to this, too with a listening center. Once your students are comfortable with the format, you can record the directions, ask a parent volunteer, or drama department at your local high school if there is a student who is interested in doing this for you. Students are often looking for community service opportunities.
After each step, either pause to give students time to do the work or use some type of noise maker like a bell or xylophone. Tell your students to push the “stop” button when he/she hears the sound. Push the “go” button after he/she follows the directions and is ready for the next step.
All of the Listen and Draw packets have a sign with the directions when you use this as a teacher directed activity. It is helpful to hang it up as a reminder.
I added another sign for directions if you use it this as a listening center in the CVC Word packet. You can have this a copy of it, too. Click HERE for this FREEBIE.
This can be used many different ways.
EMERGENCY SUB PLANS: Great activity for your sub.
R.T.I. DOCUMENTATION: Shows proof of listening skills and writing skills growth over time for R.T.I.
INSIDE RECESS – FRIDAY FUN DAY: Students will love the art part of these activities. You will love the fact that your students are quiet so they can listen to the directions.
E.S.L. / E.L.L. teachers love these activities!
Add these to your seasonal plans. There are Listen & seasonal Draw packets plus one that can be used at any time of the year and the CVC words themed one.
Go over the directions and then hang the sign as a reminder. This is an easy prep activity. The only supplies your students will need are the assignment, crayons, and a pencil.
Each Listen & Draw packets includes
12 Listen and Draw activities with a different theme. For each activity there is:
-Teacher direction page
-Blackline student page
-Colorful page showing what the art portion of the listening activity could look like. Art work answers may vary.
You can also add these listening skills lessons to your students’ portfolios. They are great documentation and useful at parent-teacher conferences.